Another hot Wikileaks email has broken out of the Clinton camp today: that Clinton adviser Neera Tanden wrote, “Man Israel is depressing,” after Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection, March 17, 2015.
Man Israel is depressing
It’s a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country.
John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chair, responded: “Bad.” The “ruthless” line would appear to refer to Benjamin Netanyahu’s last minute appeal to his voters, saying Arabs are coming to the polls in droves, and his promise that he would not allow a Palestinian state on his watch.
Donald Trump has seized on the leak to try and drive a wedge among Israel supporters.
But bear in mind that Tanden brought the ruthless wingnut to the Center for American Progress for an intimate and fawning conversation in November 2015. Privately she thought he was a wingnut. Publicly she smiled and kissed up to him.
Why? In a word, she needs to keep Haim Saban, megadonor, happy.
Last night at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Jeffrey Goldberg said the big divide in the Democratic Party over Israel is between the rank-and-file and the “donor class,” which he said was largely Jewish, and which holds conservative views on Israel. We’ve said the same for a long time.
Now it appears that the professional class of the Democratic Party is also sick of Israel. Though all signs are that Hillary Clinton is going to tamp all this down.